Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan should be the chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming Bihar Assembly elections and the party should fight on 143 seats, said LJP national general secretary, Shahnawaz Ahmad Kaifi on Tuesday.
This comes amid reports of confusion in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over seat-sharing in the state.
Mr Kaifi, however, said that he has made Chirag Paswan aware of the demands being raised by the party workers and members.
“Chirag Paswan is definitely the Chief Minister candidate of our party, there is no doubt about it. The leaders, workers in our party are of the same opinion,” Mr Kaifi told ANI.
“The party members also believe that we should fight on at least 143 seats in the elections. I too would urge the party to fight on these many seats,” he added.
He further said that Chirag Paswan’s decision in this matter would be a final one and it would come shortly.
Earlier, BJP had clarified that the NDA would go in the elections under the leadership of incumbent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Bihar has 243 Assembly seats and elections in the state are due and expected in October-November as the tenure of the current Assembly will end by last November this year. The Election Commission has not yet taken a final call on poll dates in Bihar.
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